Soft play activity centres have proven popular for some time, as one of the favourite options for entertaining children in a way that encourages their social and physical development.
For starters, they’re a great way for children to develop independence and learn to navigate the world by themselves. As they climb, run and jump, they find new ways to tackle obstacles, and though it might not look like much, your child is actually becoming more independent and taking control over their own ways of playing and moving.
Compare this to other popular forms of entertainment for children, such as TV and video games, which are much more passive and structured. And even though many video games now do involve physical exercise, they are still oriented around goals and predictability in a way that doesn’t necessarily provide the best exploration opportunity for your child.
Exploration of new environments challenges and stretches children, mentally and physically. That’s why it’s also important that any environment in which they play be safe as well.
Safety is, of course, a major concern for any parent. A lot of activities that make up physical exercise for your child contain relatively high elements of risk – we’re thinking mainly of sports here.
Soft play centres, as the name suggests, is based around less harmful environments and the lowering of risk.
This is particularly important when it comes to very young children, who may not yet fully understand things like danger and the limitations of their own body. For children of that age, minor injuries may come easily until they develop greater awareness of how to avoid them.
For children of any age, the lower risk of injury ensured by the soft foam, ball pits and netting that surround them allow them to evade injury.
Finally, we think the stimulating environment in which children who visit a soft play centre find themselves encourages exercise and engagement. When surrounded by primary colours and pleasing shapes, small children are more eager to take part in activities that are good for their growth.